Grow Your Non-Profit Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries to Grow Your Non-Profit

Meet Grow Your Non-Profit's Business Development Director

April 7, 2022

Born in Florida, lived in New York, Myrtle has more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a master's degree in public administration and a certificate in non-profit management from Barry University. Myrtle also holds a management certificate and a bachelor's degree in human resources from the University of Phoenix. As a licensed insurance broker, she is appointed American Income Life Insurance is a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Life Inc. (NYSE: GL), an S&P 500 Company.

American Income Life Insurance Company is an international company protecting working families in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and through our wholly owned subsidiary, National Income Life Insurance Company in New York.

As the business development director, Myrtle identifies opportunities to expand the profile and reach of GYN and its brands. She leads sales, develops and strengthens external relationships that will lead to increased lead generation and market share, and fosters an entrepreneurial growth culture.

To contact Myrtle, email her at [email protected]

SWFL Welcomes New Nonprofit EHAS

March 15, 2022

Everyone Has a Story (EHAS)’s mission is to touch, improve, and change lives each day through a message of hope; to teach our youths how to overcome and find purpose irrespective of the adversities they may face. They are making the world a better place through mental stimulation and intervention to affect a mindset shift.

EHAS' Founder & CEO Cornell Bunting is an author and motivational speaker. He had a very challenging journey, and it turned into an inspiring story to tell. Today, using his books, the author is inspiring children and young adults, sharing with them hard-earned lessons and narratives filled with faith.

To learn more about EHAS and to get involved, click here.

7 Ways to Show Your Donors Some Love

February 14, 2022

With the integration of technology into every area of our lives, reaching out to say thank you can be easier than ever before. If you’re using an online donation platform, anyone making a donation online receives an automated receipt. But confirming that a credit card has been processed and informing the donor that their gift was received is just a transactional thank-you.

If a donor sends in a check, transfers funds electronically, or drops off a gift in kind, the first letter they receive acknowledging that gift (and offering the IRS-required tax receipt) is also a transactional thank-you – and is the very least we can do. This sort of acknowledgement, if received within 48 hours, has been shown to increase the likelihood of another gift from that donor by four times.

But a transactional thank-you is never enough. To truly appreciate donors and show them some love, we need to move beyond the transactional thank-you to relational gratitude. Creating a culture of gratitude means that we move beyond what is expected to thanking donors and showing appreciation when – and in ways – they least expect it.

To learn more, click here.

Meet Grow Your Non-Profit's Administrative Coordinator

January 15, 2022

Sydney is a quick study skilled in social media, marketing, events and organization. She is a graduate of South Fort Myers High School and is currently studying fire inspection. Sydney is responsible for supporting our administrative team to help them stay organized and complete tasks that allow them to focus on growing our clients' nonprofits. She is instrumental in organizing meetings, greeting office visitors, and composing documents on behalf of the team.

To contact Sydney, email her at [email protected]

Grow Your Non-Profit Office Grand Opening

December 15, 2021

We are Here For You!

Grow Your Non-profit headquarters is located in Fort Myers, Florida, but we are equipped to serve clients globally with our virtual consulting services.

Our clients span from Naples to Miami, California, Ohio and beyond. GYN consultants are standing by to help you grow your nonprofit. Contact us today for your free 30-minute consultation by texting 239.293.2009 or email [email protected]

What Role Should Consultants Play in the Nonprofit World?

November 15, 2021

For the most part, consultants working in both contexts (and everything in between) are thoughtful professionals doing their best to support and elevate their nonprofit clients. Every year, consultants help thousands of nonprofit and foundation leaders navigate and take action in complex and changing environments. In all cases, it's vital that we understand the assumptions that we and those we hire bring to the work. To do so, foundations and nonprofits considering hiring consulting support must think carefully about what kind of advice they -- or their grantees -- truly need. Setting aside personal connections to consultants and popular brands, what sources and types of data do they find compelling? What will it take to convince decision makers to take action? What kinds of organizations do they aspire to emulate? How do these needs match up with available resources and consultants?

These questions will be especially critical as we navigate the reality and aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, when nonprofits and grant makers turn to consultants to help them set priorities, pivot, or reinforce their work in the context of widespread and shifting need. Ultimately, my research suggests that many nonprofits' dissatisfaction with their consultants is related to inadequate communication in both directions -- from consultants regarding their process and what they do and don't deliver, and from nonprofits regarding their assumptions and expectations. It's important, of course, to acknowledge that legitimate criticism exists regarding the penchant that major for-profit consulting companies often demonstrate to apply one-size-fits-all solutions for their clients, corporate and nonprofit alike. Regardless, the devil is in the details, with the potential for real benefits -- or wasted time and missed opportunities -- for nonprofits.

John Butcher, & David Gilchrist. (2020). Collaboration for Impact : Lessons From the Field. ANU Press.

GYN Client Spotlight VaxTruths Learn about Covid-19 Vaccines Reliable information from trusted sources

October 15, 2021

VaxTruths is a nonprofit organization founded by the Ministry of Emmanuel Communities, Inc., A Community Wellness organization designed to provide trusted information regarding Covid-19 vaccines. The organization recognizes that receiving vaccines is a personal choice, and choices are best made after evaluating truthful, trusted quality information.

VaxTruths is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation to promote vaccine equity and access. To learn more about VaxTruths, request a virtual or live presentation or to become a partner, contact Tamika Seaton at 239.293.2009.

Click here to visit their website to find resources from trusted voices.

Meet Grow Your Non-Profit's President & CEO Tamika Seaton, MSM

September 15, 2021

A Los Angeles native, Tamika has more than 14 years of experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She has held positions as executive director, planner, and public relations officer.

Tamika holds a master's degree in management from Hodges University, graduating Cum Laude, received a fundraising certificate from the University of Indiana Lilly School of Philanthropy, is a graduate of Leadership Collier, and currently serves as a board member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Collier-Lee Chapter and is a Hodges University Board of Trustee.

Tamika is pursuing a certification to be designated as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. When she is not working, Tamika enjoys resourcing furniture and interior decorating.

To contact Tamika, email her at [email protected]

GYN President & CEO Tamika Seaton Goes from HU Alumna to Trustee

August 15, 2021

Tamika says, "My motto in life is to walk with optimism, drive with abundance and fly with peace." As a former student of Hodges University (HU), now trustee, she encourages students to continue on their educational trek and get involved with HU.